kakatapos ko lang basahin (ulit) ang “my movie business“. ito ang memoir (memoyr? memwah, gago!) ni boss idol john irving. ang libro ay tungkol sa kanyang 14 year odyssey ng pag sasapelikula ng “cider house rules“. magandang dalhin ito sa eroplano. it’s short and you’ll probably finish it on a long haul flight from manila to aLA-eh with enough time for a movie or two.
to appreciate this book, you need to read the novel and watch the movie (in that order) because a lot of what the memoir talks about, revolves around how the screenplay and the eventual movie was created. this is an insiders account on the art of making movies, or to be exact, the art of how to make a movie out of a book. kung interesado ka sa mga nobela at mga pelikula, this book is for you. if you’re a budding film maker (like tanyaloca), this is a helpful book.
ang pinaka issue ng novel, film at memoir ay tungkol sa abortion. in particular about the history, morality, politics and controversies surrounding abortion related issues in the united states. habang binabasa ko nga ang libro, iniisip ko how this issue relates to the philippines.
tamang tama naman ang email sa akin ni idol ibet, ang kaibigan namin ni jet na nagtatrabaho sa africa. she is in manila on vacation at nabanggit niya na nanood siya ng dula na “BUHAY NAMIN” ni luwalhati bautista. ito’y tungkol sa abortion sa pilipinas. she started giving out figures that surprised me. for example… are you ready for this? “400,000 abortions are estimated to occur each year in the philippines”. there’s even a report that says “one out of four pinay women have had abortions secretly”. pakingsheet! at dahil illegal ang abortion sa bayang magiliw, most women resort to quack doctors o kaya umiinom ng pampalaglag. which is why “some 80,000 women per year are estimated to be treated in hospitals in the philippines for postabortion complications of induced abortion“. ilan sa kanila ang namamatay? i can only wonder.
alam ko, emotional ang issue na ito and it’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” kind of thing. sa pilipinas, taboo pa rin ang usapan tungkol sa abortion. let’s test our stand on this issue by doing a couple of thought experiments…
imagine you are a single woman, senior year in college, job offers left and right kahit di pa tapos ng pag-aaral. you’re on your way towards a successful career. then one day, you find out na buntis ka dahil sa isang gabi ng kalibugan. anong gagawin mo?
imagine you are a dirt poor woman living in a far off rural area, married to a farmer. you already have six children you can barely feed. umuwi ang asawa mo one night, lasing na at tigas titi pa. pinilit ka niyang makipag sex at nabuntis ka. anong gagawin mo?
like i said, this issue is very complicated. but, AT THE END OF THE DAY (aargh! tanginang dreaded catchphrase na yan, tama na!) it will still be the woman who
should must decide what she wants to do with her body. ako alam ko, kung pinanganak akong babae, di ako papayag na didigtahan ako ng society, ng simbahan o ng sino man kung anong gusto kong gawin sa buhay ko.
FOR FURTHER READING: singapore’s progressive abortion laws